A trial of $240 fines issued for four indecent language offences was made permanent in June 2011, when the state government decided the measure had eased pressure on the court system.
Infringement notices, similar to those issued for parking and speeding fines, do not require police to produce a brief of evidence or go to court, as is the case when people are charged, unless the offender appeals the notice.
Almost 100 more on-the-spot fines were issued for using indecent, obscene or abusive language in 2011-12 than in the previous financial year.
Police fined 637 people for using indecent language or abusive words.
So does this mean comedians, actors and the like can be fined?
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